Many thanks to Chez Scalise for this blog post and to all the great team from PwC.
Cottesloe Coastcare Association
For some volunteers from the PwC team, we were returning to back to the same site where we helped the incredible team at the Cottesloe Coastcare Association, and for others it was a new opportunity to help the Association in their mission to preserve the local ecosystem.
Bracing the cold morning conditions, we started the day off overlooking a beautiful blue ocean and amidst sand dunes screaming out for restoration. Robyn and the team gave all the new and returning volunteers a detailed rundown of our mission for the day, where we were to plant new seedlings and what plants were considered weeds. Fiercely shivering and eager to engage in some manual labour to warm up, the PwC team went out guns blazing. Special mention to ‘Jeremy’ who attended the day with a torn hamstring. Jeremy labelled himself ‘the site foreman’, with the unique set of landscaping skills he went around critiquing hole depth and plantation method. There were no exceptions noted.
By lunch time the sand dunes we had been planting on was nearly unrecognisable, it had been weeded and covered with freshly planted native species. To our astonishment and delight, we were able to attract walker-bys who were not part of The PwC or Cottesloe Coastcare team, to offer their support where it was safe to do so. Little children and their parents came down onto the dune and we all worked as a determined team.
The entire PwC team felt it was a pleasure volunteering towards the sustaining of our beaches ecosystem. We had a great day; everybody enjoyed getting dirty and reconnecting with nature which we don’t often see past our computers. A massive thank you to the team at Cottesloe Coastcare, for the opportunity and rewarding us with morning tea and lunch, it was greatly appreciated. PwC is looking forward to monitoring the progress of the plants and returning subsequently to help again.